Mintoff booed out from
Former Prime Minister Dom Mintoff promised he would be
returning to university to deliver his message of peace, but he was
sure to meet a hostile crowd.
Hostility was the order of the day, as yesterdays ill-fated encounter
with the student body proved to be. Addressing a crowd of students at
the University of Malta, accompanied by eternal cronies Karmenu Mifsud
Bonnici and Sammy Meilaq, Mintoff was answering questions put forth
from students. He had been talking about the dangers of war and about
the European Union.
Trouble started brewing from the back of the crowd when hecklers challenging
Mintoff shifted discussion on to the eighties and the times when students
at university had to endure harsh times for their allegiances.
The crunch came when a law student, somewhat elder then the average
20-year-olds present, fired up in an exchange with Mintoff about the
subject, and who in a barrage of derogatory remarks proceeded to make
his way up to Mintoff.
The young man was, however, stopped in his tracks by policemen on the
spot, seconds before he could create any more trouble as he approached
Booing from the university students ensued as Mifsud Bonnici took to
the podium, as well as chants of IVA, IVA (yes, yes) filled
the tense air. For Mintoff and his cronies, the day was gloomier than
the weather had foreboded.